Dictionary: SEA-SER-PENT – SEAT

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SEA-SER-PENT, n. [sea and serpent.]

A huge animal like a serpent inhabiting the sea. – Guthrie.

SEA-SER-VICE, n. [sea and service.]

Naval service; service in the navy or in ships of war.

SEA-SHARK, n. [sea and shark.]

A ravenous sea-fish. – Shak.

SEA-SHELL, n. [sea and shell.]

A marine shell; a shell that grows in the sea. – Mortimer.

SEA-SHORE, n. [sea and shore.]

The coast of the sea; the land that lies adjacent to the sea or ocean. Locke.

SEA-SICK, a. [sea and sick.]

Affected with sickness or nausea by means of the pitching or rolling of a vessel. Dryden. Swift.


The sickness or nausea occasioned by the pitching and rolling of a ship in an agitated sea.

SEA-SIDE, n. [sea and side.]

The land bordering on the sea; the country adjacent to the sea, or near it. Scripture. Pope.

SEA-SON, n. [se'zn; Fr. saison; Arm. sæsonn, saçzun; sazam, sezam, season, proper time, state of being seasoned; sazonar, to season, ripen, temper, sweeten, bring to maturity; Sp. sazon, season, maturity, taste, relish; sazonar, to season. The primary sense, like that of time and opportunity, is to fall, to come, to arrive, and this word seems to be allied to seize and assess; to fall on, to set on. Season literally signifies that which comes or arrives; and in this general sense, is synonymous with time. Hence,]

  1. A fit or suitable time; the convenient time; the usual or appointed time; as, the messenger arrived in season; in good season. This fruit is out of season.
  2. Any time, as distinguished from others. The season prime for sweetest scents and airs. – Milton.
  3. A time of some continuance, but not long. Thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. – Acts xiii.
  4. One of the four divisions of the year, spring, summer, autumn, winter. The season is mild; it is cold for the season. We saw, in six days' traveling, the several seasons of the year in their beauty. – Addison. We distinguish the season by prefixing its appropriate name, as the spring-season, summer-season, &c. To be in season, to be in good time, or sufficiently early for the purpose. To be out of season, to be too late, beyond the propel time, or beyond the usual or appointed time. From the sense of convenience, is derived the following.
  5. That which matures or prepares for the taste; that which gives a relish. You lack the season of all nature, sleep. – Shak. But in this sense, we now use seasoning.

SEA-SON, v.i.

  1. To become mature; to grow fit for use; to become adapted to a climate, as the human body.
  2. To become dry and hard, by the escape of the natural juices, or by being penetrated with other substance. Timber seasons well under cover in the air, and ship timber seasons in salt water.
  3. To betoken; to savor. [Obs.] – Beaum.

SEA-SON, v.t. [Fr. assaisonner; Sp. and Port. sazonar.]

  1. To render palatable, or to give a higher relish to, by the addition or mixture of another substance more pungent or pleasant; as, to season meat with salt; to season any thing with spices. Lev. ii.
  2. To render more agreeable, pleasant, or delightful; to give a relish or zest to by something that excites, animates, or exhilarates. You season still with sports your serious hours. – Dryden. The proper use of wit is to season conversation. – Tillotson.
  3. To render more agreeable, or less rigorous and severe; to temper; to moderate; to qualify by admixture. When mercy seasons justice. – Shak.
  4. To imbue; to tinge or taint. Season their younger years with prudent and pious principles. – Taylor.
  5. To fit for any use by time or habit; to mature; to prepare. Who in want a hollow friend doth try, / Directly seasons him an enemy. – Shak.
  6. To prepare for use, by drying or hardening; to take out or suffer to escape the natural juices; as, to season timber.
  7. To prepare or mature for a climate; to accustom to and enable to endure; as, to season the body to a particular climate. Long residence in the West Indies, or a fever, may season strangers.


Opportune; that comes, happens, or is done in good time, in due season, or in proper time for the purpose; as, a seasonable supply of rain. Mercy is seasonable in the time of affliction. – Ecclus.


Opportuneness of time; the state of being in good time, or in time convenient for the purpose, or sufficiently early. – Addison.


In due time; in time convenient; sufficiently early; as, to sow or plant seasonably.


Seasoning; sauce. [Not used.] – South.


Mixed or sprinkled with something that gives a relish; tempered; moderated; qualified; matured; dried and hardened.


He that seasons; that which seasons, matures, or gives a relish.


  1. That which is added to any species of food, to give it a higher relish; usually, something pungent or aromatic; as salt, spices, or other aromatic herbs, acids, sugar, or a mixture of several things. – Arbuthnot.
  2. Something added or mixed to enhance the pleasure of enjoyment; as, wit or humor may serve as a seasoning to eloquence. Political speculations are of so dry and austere a nature, that they will not go down with the public without frequent seasonings. – Addison.


Giving a relish by something added; moderating; qualifying; maturing; drying and hardening; fitting by habit.


Having no proper season.

SEA-STAR, n. [sea and star.]

The star-fish, a genus of marine animals, called technically Asterias.

SEA-SUR'GEON, n. [sea and surgeon.]

A surgeon employed on shipboard. – Wiseman.

SEA-SUR-ROUND'ED, a. [sea and surround.]

Encompassed by the sea.

SEAT, n. [It. sedia; Sp. sede, sitio, from L. sedes, situs; Sw. säte; Dan. sæde; G. sitz; D. zetel, zitplaats; W. sêz; Ir. saidh; W. with a prefix, gosod, whence gosodi, to set. See Set and Sit. The English seat retains the Roman pronunciation of situs, that is, seetus.]

  1. That on which one sits; a chair, bench, stool, or any other thing on which a person sits. Christ … overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves. – Matth. xxi.
  2. The place of sitting; throne; chair of state; tribunal; post of authority; as, the seat of justice; judgment-seat.
  3. Mansion; residence; dwelling; abode; as, Italy the seat of empire. The Greeks sent colonies to seek a new seat in Gaul. In Alba he shall fix his royal seat. – Dryden.
  4. Site; situation. The seat of Eden has never been incontrovertibly ascertained.
  5. That part of a saddle on which a person sits.
  6. In horsemanship, the posture or situation of a person on horseback. – Encyc.
  7. A pew or slip in a church; a place to sit in.
  8. The place where a thing is settled or established. London is the seat of business and opulence. So we say, the seat of the muses, the seat of arts, the seat of commerce.

SEAT, v.i.

To rest; to lie down. [Not in use.] – Spenser.